Range Managers

Range managers work to maintain and improve grazing lands on public and private property. They research, develop, and carry out methods to improve and increase the production of forage plants, livestock, and wildlife without damaging the environment; develop and carry out plans for water facilities, erosion control, and soil treatments; restore rangelands that have been damaged by fire, pests, and undesirable plants; and manage the upkeep of range improvements, such as fences, corrals, and reservoirs. Approximately 18,590 conservation scientists, including range managers, are employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Manage and conserve prairies, grasslands, deserts, alpine, savanna, marshes, and some types of forests
Alternate Title(s) Range Conservationists, Range Ecologists, Range Scientists
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are primarily available in the western United States (including Alaska)
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Agriculture
  • Biology
  • Earth Science
Experience Previous experience in range management recommended
  • Computer
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Consultant, or Researcher, or Professor
  • Manager or Supervisor
  • Experienced Range Manager
  • Entry-Level Range Manager

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